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January 4, 2018
Blending war action with an effective, humorous narrative and a top-tier cast makes for one enjoyable ride.
½ December 11, 2017
Not a bad war film which is actually a bit of a comedy. Kelly's Heroes tells the story of Private Kelly (Clint Eastwood) who after capturing a German Colonel learns about a stockpile of gold behind enemy lines thats worth over $16 million dollars. Kelly's platoon is granted 3 day leave, but instead of relaxing Kelly get's his little oddball crew together in order to get that gold! Kelly recruits Big Joe (Telly Savalas) his Seargent, Crapgame (Don Rickles) the Supply Seargent, Oddball (Donald Sutherland) a crazy tank commander and a few others. The movie looks really good remastered in HD and has some really well done shots. The film is not very serious overall regardless of the horror of WWII following the guys everywhere. Like I said earlier it's very much a comedy. It doesn't get too serious ever and it's really the performances of the leads that work well. Eastwood is kinda the straight laced guy while Sutherland is definitely the comedic relief. Savalas has a really great role here and he's believable, while Rickles rounds out the crew. Overall, I was surprised that I enjoyed this one as much as I did. It's a simple premise and full of some great performances. While some of the film may be kinda corny and forced with the humor I enjoyed what I could from it and recommend anyone interested give this one a look.
August 10, 2017
A movie I have quoted many times but nobody seems to understand. A war movie with a story that could have been dull but with the acting and direction of it....fulfilled the valued effect. Entertaining, not over the top flick to see.
½ July 29, 2017
Very strange story, and the making of the movie is highly entertaining. It will keep you with a grin till it ends and what you want more from a good movie ?
½ June 25, 2017
Full of charm and humor. Every character has its own quirks, but Donald Sutherland's Oddball rises above and beyond the others. Placing a hippie in a WWII setting was a brilliant idea, and endless comedy ensues.
It's not a film to be taken seriously, but rather to be watched for fun. Still, there are serious scenes decrying the price that the so-called Heroes' pay for their selfish motivations.
It's not the perfect soldier's war, but a sneaky operation of crafty, enterprising individuals, who are willing to bend-or-break every rule for profit. Enjoyable from beginning to end, Kelly's Heroes is a highly recommended experience.
May 5, 2017
I'm not usually big on wishing a movie was inherently different than it is (ie genre), but I can help but think this heist-war-dramedy was just plain funnier. Not that it's laughless, but it's just so perfectly set up, with its cast & premise, to be more farcical than it is. Despite this, the gorgeous 70mm cinematography & breezy lightness in the pacing left me smirking along with the band of brash combatants throughout; that feels like a mild victory to me.
April 7, 2017
Best war comedy ever!
November 28, 2016
Entertaining film. Some of Rickles' jokes about the making of the film are funnier than some of the parts of the actual film. Still worth a watch.
November 2, 2016
My personal favorite war film. It's rare to see an all star ensemble produce awsomeness, but for some reason this movie and the dirty dozen managed to buck that trend. The plot is original, the acting and dialogue are perfect, war scenes are gritty and palpable. Maybe my only knock is that is was produced before Hollywood invented squibs.. so there is very little blood as opposed to modern war films.
The biggest surprise is Carrol O'Conner, who while playing a spoof of General Patton named "General Colt", gave audiences an early prototype of what would become "Archie Bunker". This comes complete with him giving his hapless subordinate Booker the very first 'meathead' look.
"The Deal" scene is iconic.. a wild west showdown in war torn France. It manages to be both awesome, serious, and hilarious at the same time.
Closest thing you'll find in modern war films to this is "3 Kings".. which I have also reviewed.
August 31, 2016

This was recommended to by Netflix due to my strong rating of "The Dirty Dozen" That movie was hilarious, this one, not so much.

Maybe I need to re-watch Dirty Dozen and see if it holds up. I just find very little entertaining about war anymore.

This is the (allegedly humerous) tale of a band of Army misfits who learn of some Nazi Gold that is being stored in a bank, 16,000 bars of gold. Its behind enemy lines, and it looks like the Germans are going to fall any day now, wouldn't it be the prefect crime for them to go and steal it and not tell anyone.

So they ignore their order, and kill different people than the one the government originally told them to kill. They don't report a dead officer, so they can keep getting his brandy. Etc.

Eventually there is just one Nazi left blocking them, so they offer him some gold too.

the best part is the general is played by archie Bunker.
½ July 15, 2016
Kelly's Heroes is a fun WWII film, when a band of men get information about millions of gold behind enemy lines, Kelly and his men decide to go get the gold and in the process help the US army and its cause. Kelly's Heroes has memorable characters and fun action, overall it is a very good movie.
May 17, 2016
Love this movie, Clint reminds me of my dad
April 14, 2016
Excellent film, compared to the crap that is dished out these days. It has all the right ingredients, good actors, scenery you name it.
They should be making more films of this calibre, but thE STUDIOS PANDER TO THE IGNORANT, BRAINLESS MAJORITY WHO , follow any rubbish these days, Oh bring back the good old days I say.
½ October 5, 2015
Notice a marked similarity between the story in this film and the setting for Three Kings, which took the story and turned it in a different, more serious direction.
½ September 11, 2015
I would consider this a spoof which could have been titled "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad War".
½ September 5, 2015
A forgotten war buddies movie that has a lot of A list stars checking their egos at the door for the good of this fun watch movie.
July 3, 2015
What a group of great actors, just having a ball. Great movie.
June 6, 2015
Popcorn war film is short on the "Saving Private Ryan" horrors of war, but is long on comedy, action and excitement. Clint Eastwood leads a rag tag squadron of soldiers in the waining days of WWII on a mission to steal some German gold. When your squad includes the likes of Don Rickles, Donald Sutherland, Gavin MacLeod and Harry Dean Stanton, you know it's not your typical band of brothers. It's a completely lightweight film, but incredibly entertaining. Directed by Brian G. Hutton, who'd previously directed Clint in the rally exciting, though much more serious, "Where Eagles Dare," has a good ear for comedy and has a firm grasp for how to handle action. Telly Savalas, Carroll O'Connor and Perry Lopez also appear in the film and Lalo Schifrin provides a good score. "All Quiet on the Western Front" it is not, but it's a pretty unique mixture of humor and tough war action.
Super Reviewer
January 2, 2015
Great war classic with many famous actors. Fun aswell.
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